The Gang Plank is quickly becoming the Rome Snowboards team riders board of choice. There’s a reason for it, it’s actually a really solid well rounded deck, but this intro won’t serve it justice. Read the review below and see for yourself.
Board: Rome Gang Plank
Camber Option: Freepop Rocker. Flat underfoot and rocker in the nose and tail.
Bindings: K2 Indy
Stance: 22.5 Wide 18 Negative 15 Goofy
Boots: K2 Thraxis Size 10
My Weight: 175lbs
Conditions: Frozen groomers of death in the early morning, slushy groomers of fun mid day, sun, warmer temps, and a crisp cool breeze.
Flex: The over all flex comes in somewhere just below a middle of the road all mountain freestyle. The tips are soft all the way back to the insert pack, stiffer under foot, and a bit more play in the middle. So what you would expect for a deck like this. Then there’s the torsional give which is highly abundant.
Stability: While not overly stable it has enough for hitting a hard push mound of mashed potatoes and not buckling. The micro vibrations do resonate back from the tips to the insert pack.
Ollies: While not as snappy as its big brother the Mod Rocker this board has pop. There’s a single Hotrod (bamboo rod) in the tip and tail which are a great additive to the pop in this board. The rocker gives it a skate-like feel which is great for popping last minute ollies over or onto features.
Pop On Jumps: Jumps come with ease on this deck and there was never a point it didn’t feel like it couldn’t help with the natural boost of the lip.
Butterability: The rocker and softer profile in the nose give an immense platform for playing around on snow. The single rod gives a minimal amount of rebound, but only when you want it, which is great as it doesn’t force you out of a ground press.
Jibbing: The blunt shape coupled with the rocker make the sweet spot for presses huge. This is great for doing slow speed or high speed jibbing. Find a feature and do what you want to it.
Carving: The sidecut in my opinion is better suited to quick short set up carves vs deep hard laid out ones. Although if you do push the board you can get low and drive it through a carve as long as you stay on top of it.
Rider in Mind: Someone that doesn’t want as stiff or snappy of a board as the Rome Mod Rocker but isn’t looking for something as soft as say a Reverb or Artifact Rocker.
Personal Thoughts: This board actually reminded me a bit of the first generation Mod Rocker with how the tips had added pop. Over all it’s a board that fits in their line up but as that line up has expanded it will probably overshadow other boards at varying price points.
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Disclaimer: This board was sent to us for product review from the Rome Rockies Snowboard Rep. This was a pre-production model there could be changes in the production model.